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ALL 2001 trannies eventually go bad, they’re junk?

Let’s talk 2001 trannies

2001 Volvo transmissions are notoriously bad. Here’s what you can do.

If the software was upgraded a while ago and the stop neutral was removed, you have a chance! Of course not every single ’01 tranny lets go, (just about 75% of them)! You may be one of the lucky ones and it will be fine. Have you checked the condition (and color) of the fluid?

Had the software upgrade done on mine last week. Made a world of difference. Should be done on every car.

ALL 2001 trannies eventually go bad, they’re junk?

Bonus! 10 Interesting Volvo Facts

  • In Latin, the word Volvo means: I spin. Today however the nearest meaning is “I roll”.
  • Volvo was founded in 1924. The two founders were Gustav Larsson and Assar Gabrielsson.
  • The ÖV 4 is the first Volvo car. The first car was sell-ready in 1927. The 2-Liter, 4-cilinder car got the nickname: Jakob.
  • Volvo’s very first commercial vehicle was the Type-1 truck. The release year was 1928. In the same year, Volvo released the second car, the Volvo PV 651. Volvo manufactured a total of 1383 of both vehicles in the first year; of which automaker exported 27.
  • This trend saw a sharp rise in 1932 when Volvo released a good amount of 10,000 vehicles, both trucks and cars.
  • The company, however, started making a large-scale profit from the year 1935. The first luxurious car by Volvo was the PV36, which could carry six passengers at a time. The design of this iconic car paved the path for future Volvo cars to come. I came in the market with a price tag of 8,500 Swedish kronor.
  • Volvo touched a landmark in 1941, with the sale of its 50,000th vehicle; this is a unique achievement considering the time when WWII was in full swing.

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3 Comments

I just bought a 2001 v70 xc with 130k and non working tranny. $800 bucks seemed like a good price, but not if the trannys keep going out on me.

My question is, what other years will fit my 2001?
Would a 2002-2004 fit me car?

I just bought a 2001 V70XC and while I got a good deal on it am worried now that I have been driving it for about a month. The service records are impecable on this car but I have noticed that after I drive the car a while (especially on the freeway) when I slow down it hards shifts in the lower gears. Is the tranny going bad? How much is the software upgrade that was mentioned? How much is a typical tranny rebuild? Any help would be appreciated.

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